Last chance for voters to meet candidates

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The St Luke’s Anglican Church is the venue for the next Waitaki electorate candidates’ meeting.

On Tuesday night, National’s Jacqui Dean, Labour’s Glenda Alexander and the Greens’ Sue Coutts will attend the meeting, while it seems unlikely that the Conservatives’ Donald Aubrey and Democrat for Social Credit candidate Hessel van Wieren will be present.

Mr Aubrey and Mr van Wieren have been asked for more than a week to confirm their attendance at the meeting, but have failed to do so.

Reverend Tim Hurd said this was a bit disappointing.

“Yes, it’s a bit annoying they won’t be coming along to the meeting, but the good thing is the candidates from the three major parties are attending.”

There will be three different topics discussed on the night – community life, regional development and environment and sustainability in the Waitaki.

Mr Hurd is confident these topics will provide some quality discussion.

“They are topics which all concern us and I know they will give some great responses.”

With the elections just around the corner, Mr Hurd said the St Luke’s Social Justice Group and Oamaru Ministers’ Group decided it was the best time for the meeting.

“Many people have probably decided who they are voting for, but we want to have a meeting just in case some people may have a change of heart, and so people can meet the candidates.”

Mr Hurd is hoping for a good turnout.

“It’s open to the public so we’d love to see as many people there as possible and if we did, that would be awesome.”

The meeting will begin at 7pm and run until 8pm, with the floor open to ask questions once the topics have been discussed.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY